Our trip finished in Istanbul yesterday morning, after catching the overnight train from Ankara and then a buffet breakfast in the cafe next to the hotel.
The men on the trip had been growing mo's for Movember and their efforts were judged at breakfast - Richard came 3rd.
In the early afternoon I had arranged to meet up with an old school friend who now lives in Istanbul. Annelie and I had not seen each other for nearly 40 years, but recognized each other immediately. 7 hours of solid yakking was needed to catch up on all those years! Richard soon became bored and headed back to the hotel, while we shifted from the coffee shop then over the Galata Bridge to the restaurant for a beer and a meal. The bridge was lined with fishermen with serious looking fishing rods!
This morning we visited Aya Sofia, one of the famous mosques in Istanbul. Dating from around 570 AD it was originally Christian and then became Muslim as times changed in Istanbul. The sheer size is overwhelming, with beautiful frescoes on the roof and lots of marble everywhere.
We left on the airport shuttle at 1pm to catch our flight to Athens. We have 5 hours to wait in Athens which is where we are at the moment, waiting for our flight to Crete. We are spending tonight in Heraklion and picking up the hire car tomorrow for the 1 hour drive to Aghios Nikolaos to see John.